Review #197 // Gender Failure – Ivan E. Coyote & Rae Spoon

Gender Failure

Having lived their lives with the struggle of being gender non-conforming in a binarist world, Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote recount moments of their lives as they began to realize they didn’t fit within the gender binary.

Why this book?: We had to read an excerpt of this book for a class, and that excerpt was so good that I asked my professor if I could borrow the book from them.

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Review #183 // Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows #2) – Linsey Miller

Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows, #2)Now that they are Opal, Sal has the ability to hunt down the lords that killed their family, and their people. But tales of missing children and magic are coming from the north, baffling those left in Alonia. With the Queen’s approval, Sal heads north to fulfill their revenge.

Why this book?: It’s fucking Ruin of Stars, the sequel to my favorite book ever. I think that’s explanation enough.

I would like to thank the people at Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Review #180 // The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1) – Erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace, #1)

Talis is an AI that took over the world because it was the only way to save the most lives. In Talis’s world, to be a world leader, you have to have a child. You have to give Talis that child, and if you start a war, that child dies. Greta is one of those children. And a new country just declared war on her country.

Why this book?: Honestly, I hadn’t heard much about this book until I talked with Laina @ Laina Has Too Much Spare Time. She highly recommended this book, so I jumped in without much more thought to it.

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Review #179 // Help Wanted (Ashveil Academy #1) – J. Emery

Help Wanted (Ashveil Academy Book 1)To be able to get a specific present for her best friend’s birthday, Em has to get a job. Em is also failing in some of her classes, so she asks her new coworker to help her. Soon enough, though, Em can’t decide if she wants to date her new tutor and coworker, or if she wants to be him.

Why this book?: The author said there was ace-questioning and gender-questioning that the protagonist, Em, deals with. I needed that.

I would like to thank the author J. Emery for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Review #176 // The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4) – Jonathan Stroud

The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co., #4)
After Lucy’s sudden departure of Lockwood and Co., she’s been doing well as a freelance operative. When Lockwood shows up at her house to ask for help for a special case, Lucy doesn’t know what to say. But Penelope Fittes wants them, and them alone–and that includes Lucy.

Why this book?: I’ve been loving this series from the get go, and I couldn’t wait to dive into this one.

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